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#271 Canadiansandy

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    Posted 08 September 2010 - 02:22 PM

    It would be great to get some general impressions! Like...did you see any weddings on the beach/gazebo, did you see the banquet rooms, any information on decorating, flowers, etc? Did they confirm that you choose everything once you're down there for your wedding? And what about the sit-down dinners, do you choose just one option that everyone has to eat? Did you take any pictures?

     

    What did you think of the resort itself?

     

    I think lots of girls will be dying to hear anything you have to say :) so it would be great to get some general information about what you did/saw and what you thought about it all!


    Sandy & Aaron ~ May 4, 2011 ~ Dreams Palm Beach, Punta Cana ------ Bride & Groom + 30 booked! (and counting)

    #272 elizabethrodriguez314

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      Posted 09 September 2010 - 05:22 AM

      hello ladies i have a lot of pictures of the resort my mother just got back and she did my site visits.

      please pm me and give me your email and i will send you what i got.

      Also the resort seems very nice very well kept.

       

      Originally Posted by Canadiansandy 

      It would be great to get some general impressions! Like...did you see any weddings on the beach/gazebo, did you see the banquet rooms, any information on decorating, flowers, etc? Did they confirm that you choose everything once you're down there for your wedding? And what about the sit-down dinners, do you choose just one option that everyone has to eat? Did you take any pictures?

       

      What did you think of the resort itself?

       

      I think lots of girls will be dying to hear anything you have to say :) so it would be great to get some general information about what you did/saw and what you thought about it all!





      #273 cindyklassen123

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        Posted 09 September 2010 - 10:54 AM

        i did see a wedding in the gazebo, and on the beach. personally, i thought the beach wedding was WAY more private, and romantic. the gazebo is right in the middle of the property, and it may be suitable for a smaller wedding, but we are having 40-60...so we are going to go with the beach. also, the beach is more private, and if you chose to do a cocktail hour after the ceremony, it can take place in the private restaurant, right along the beach...it's just more intimate, and secluded. if the weather doesn't cooperate on our wedding date, they will move it into one of the banquet rooms. the banquet rooms are very nice and air conditioned. it is in a GREAT building, and there is plenty of room for guests to roam around (if you chose to have cocktails before the dinner) there are plenty of couches and places to mingle.

        yessie was SO great, she said she really enjoyed my fiance and i because we are extreamly easy going. (guess she sees some difficult brides) she said that once we arrive to the resort, we will recieve a peice of paper with a time to meet with yessie, or melani to finalize everything.

         

        the blue, pink, yellow and white linens are all included in the basic package. centerpeices and whatnot will be decided upon arrival to resort. 

         

        there is no set up until 4 hours prior to your ceremony time (if you are having the ceremony in the gazebo or beach) that way, if they will  be able to have enough time to move it inside incase the weather doesn't cooperate.

         

        the sit down dinners are one option (ex- 1 appitizer, 1 main course, 1 dessert) you can pay extra to have another option added. we are planning on doing a beach bbq/buffet.

        a couple we met there had their ceremony on the beach, and then the dinner in the world cafe, they had a part of the world cafe blocked off, and ate the buffet food. that would be an option if you are working wiht a strict budget.

         

        the resort itself was wonderful. i would say, definatly not a 5 star, but definatly not a 3 star. it is a GREAT 4 star resort.  i have stayed at many resorts, 3,4,5 and 5+ star resorts. i'm not picky...but i know what to look for in a resort. 

         

        i'll tell you the cons (you may not think any of these things are true..but this was my opinion)

         

        - the seaweed in the water was annoying

        - rooms were damp and musky smelling

        - can be a long wait for dinner

        - staff's english is very limited

        - phones are crappy

        - mini bar in room only conists of 2 beers (we were in the preferred room)

         

        that being said, each of those has a positive side!!

         

        -the seaweed in the water kind of sucks, but it depends what time of year you go at,...also, the SECOND it washes up on shore, there are people cleaning it up! AND if you want seaweed free/ privacy/ beautiful water, just walk 3 minutes down the beach and there is GREAT water for snorkeling, a beach with NO resort on it (and i asked if they will be bruilding a new resort there, and they said no) there is great privacy and wonderful swimming! my fiance and i grabbed a kayak and went snorkleing.

         

        - rooms are damp, but what do you expect in the carribean?! i have stayed at 5+ star resorts, and that is a problem there.  the DPB staff is very curtious and they leave incesne in your room to burn and it knocks the smell out right away!

         

        - my fiance is from the DR, so he is fluent in spanish so it wasn't a problem communicating at all with the staff. i did find it difficult when i would ask them a question. but they are so KIND, and always respond with an "it's my pleasure" or "thank you" they do speak english, i think it's just difficult when you ask them something very quickly that they are not used to hearing.  be patient and kind and they will be the same way for you!

         

        - phones are crappy (no real plus side...the phones just suck..hopefully it was just our phone!)

         

        - mini bar is very limited, but all we did was ask to have more beer in our room, and 5 minutes later we had 4 more beers!! also, when the alchohol is unlimited, who cares how much is in your room!! all you have to do is walk outside and get some drinks.

         

         

        there were so many plus's to the resort. the entertainment staff was great, the food was awesome, beach sand was like baby powder!!

         

        any more questions, feel free to ask!



        #274 MysTea

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          Posted 09 September 2010 - 05:09 PM

          Oh! Im sooo excited to hear that it was a good experience overall!!I cant wait!! less than 2 more months for me to go!!!!!! Yippeeeeeeee


          **Dreams Palm Beach HERE WE COME!!! 11.01.2010**

          #275 elizabethrodriguez314

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            Posted 10 September 2010 - 05:40 AM

            cindy this is great you are awesome... my mother was there around the same time and she also loved the resort....

             

            Originally Posted by cindyklassen123 

            i did see a wedding in the gazebo, and on the beach. personally, i thought the beach wedding was WAY more private, and romantic. the gazebo is right in the middle of the property, and it may be suitable for a smaller wedding, but we are having 40-60...so we are going to go with the beach. also, the beach is more private, and if you chose to do a cocktail hour after the ceremony, it can take place in the private restaurant, right along the beach...it's just more intimate, and secluded. if the weather doesn't cooperate on our wedding date, they will move it into one of the banquet rooms. the banquet rooms are very nice and air conditioned. it is in a GREAT building, and there is plenty of room for guests to roam around (if you chose to have cocktails before the dinner) there are plenty of couches and places to mingle.

            yessie was SO great, she said she really enjoyed my fiance and i because we are extreamly easy going. (guess she sees some difficult brides) she said that once we arrive to the resort, we will recieve a peice of paper with a time to meet with yessie, or melani to finalize everything.

             

            the blue, pink, yellow and white linens are all included in the basic package. centerpeices and whatnot will be decided upon arrival to resort. 

             

            there is no set up until 4 hours prior to your ceremony time (if you are having the ceremony in the gazebo or beach) that way, if they will  be able to have enough time to move it inside incase the weather doesn't cooperate.

             

            the sit down dinners are one option (ex- 1 appitizer, 1 main course, 1 dessert) you can pay extra to have another option added. we are planning on doing a beach bbq/buffet.

            a couple we met there had their ceremony on the beach, and then the dinner in the world cafe, they had a part of the world cafe blocked off, and ate the buffet food. that would be an option if you are working wiht a strict budget.

             

            the resort itself was wonderful. i would say, definatly not a 5 star, but definatly not a 3 star. it is a GREAT 4 star resort.  i have stayed at many resorts, 3,4,5 and 5+ star resorts. i'm not picky...but i know what to look for in a resort. 

             

            i'll tell you the cons (you may not think any of these things are true..but this was my opinion)

             

            - the seaweed in the water was annoying

            - rooms were damp and musky smelling

            - can be a long wait for dinner

            - staff's english is very limited

            - phones are crappy

            - mini bar in room only conists of 2 beers (we were in the preferred room)

             

            that being said, each of those has a positive side!!

             

            -the seaweed in the water kind of sucks, but it depends what time of year you go at,...also, the SECOND it washes up on shore, there are people cleaning it up! AND if you want seaweed free/ privacy/ beautiful water, just walk 3 minutes down the beach and there is GREAT water for snorkeling, a beach with NO resort on it (and i asked if they will be bruilding a new resort there, and they said no) there is great privacy and wonderful swimming! my fiance and i grabbed a kayak and went snorkleing.

             

            - rooms are damp, but what do you expect in the carribean?! i have stayed at 5+ star resorts, and that is a problem there.  the DPB staff is very curtious and they leave incesne in your room to burn and it knocks the smell out right away!

             

            - my fiance is from the DR, so he is fluent in spanish so it wasn't a problem communicating at all with the staff. i did find it difficult when i would ask them a question. but they are so KIND, and always respond with an "it's my pleasure" or "thank you" they do speak english, i think it's just difficult when you ask them something very quickly that they are not used to hearing.  be patient and kind and they will be the same way for you!

             

            - phones are crappy (no real plus side...the phones just suck..hopefully it was just our phone!)

             

            - mini bar is very limited, but all we did was ask to have more beer in our room, and 5 minutes later we had 4 more beers!! also, when the alchohol is unlimited, who cares how much is in your room!! all you have to do is walk outside and get some drinks.

             

             

            there were so many plus's to the resort. the entertainment staff was great, the food was awesome, beach sand was like baby powder!!

             

            any more questions, feel free to ask!





            #276 elizabethrodriguez314

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              Posted 10 September 2010 - 05:42 AM

              cindy btw when is your date?

               

              Originally Posted by cindyklassen123 

              i did see a wedding in the gazebo, and on the beach. personally, i thought the beach wedding was WAY more private, and romantic. the gazebo is right in the middle of the property, and it may be suitable for a smaller wedding, but we are having 40-60...so we are going to go with the beach. also, the beach is more private, and if you chose to do a cocktail hour after the ceremony, it can take place in the private restaurant, right along the beach...it's just more intimate, and secluded. if the weather doesn't cooperate on our wedding date, they will move it into one of the banquet rooms. the banquet rooms are very nice and air conditioned. it is in a GREAT building, and there is plenty of room for guests to roam around (if you chose to have cocktails before the dinner) there are plenty of couches and places to mingle.

              yessie was SO great, she said she really enjoyed my fiance and i because we are extreamly easy going. (guess she sees some difficult brides) she said that once we arrive to the resort, we will recieve a peice of paper with a time to meet with yessie, or melani to finalize everything.

               

              the blue, pink, yellow and white linens are all included in the basic package. centerpeices and whatnot will be decided upon arrival to resort. 

               

              there is no set up until 4 hours prior to your ceremony time (if you are having the ceremony in the gazebo or beach) that way, if they will  be able to have enough time to move it inside incase the weather doesn't cooperate.

               

              the sit down dinners are one option (ex- 1 appitizer, 1 main course, 1 dessert) you can pay extra to have another option added. we are planning on doing a beach bbq/buffet.

              a couple we met there had their ceremony on the beach, and then the dinner in the world cafe, they had a part of the world cafe blocked off, and ate the buffet food. that would be an option if you are working wiht a strict budget.

               

              the resort itself was wonderful. i would say, definatly not a 5 star, but definatly not a 3 star. it is a GREAT 4 star resort.  i have stayed at many resorts, 3,4,5 and 5+ star resorts. i'm not picky...but i know what to look for in a resort. 

               

              i'll tell you the cons (you may not think any of these things are true..but this was my opinion)

               

              - the seaweed in the water was annoying

              - rooms were damp and musky smelling

              - can be a long wait for dinner

              - staff's english is very limited

              - phones are crappy

              - mini bar in room only conists of 2 beers (we were in the preferred room)

               

              that being said, each of those has a positive side!!

               

              -the seaweed in the water kind of sucks, but it depends what time of year you go at,...also, the SECOND it washes up on shore, there are people cleaning it up! AND if you want seaweed free/ privacy/ beautiful water, just walk 3 minutes down the beach and there is GREAT water for snorkeling, a beach with NO resort on it (and i asked if they will be bruilding a new resort there, and they said no) there is great privacy and wonderful swimming! my fiance and i grabbed a kayak and went snorkleing.

               

              - rooms are damp, but what do you expect in the carribean?! i have stayed at 5+ star resorts, and that is a problem there.  the DPB staff is very curtious and they leave incesne in your room to burn and it knocks the smell out right away!

               

              - my fiance is from the DR, so he is fluent in spanish so it wasn't a problem communicating at all with the staff. i did find it difficult when i would ask them a question. but they are so KIND, and always respond with an "it's my pleasure" or "thank you" they do speak english, i think it's just difficult when you ask them something very quickly that they are not used to hearing.  be patient and kind and they will be the same way for you!

               

              - phones are crappy (no real plus side...the phones just suck..hopefully it was just our phone!)

               

              - mini bar is very limited, but all we did was ask to have more beer in our room, and 5 minutes later we had 4 more beers!! also, when the alchohol is unlimited, who cares how much is in your room!! all you have to do is walk outside and get some drinks.

               

               

              there were so many plus's to the resort. the entertainment staff was great, the food was awesome, beach sand was like baby powder!!

               

              any more questions, feel free to ask!





              #277 Alliecat023

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                Posted 10 September 2010 - 06:23 AM

                Does anyone know if you get to choose between the two ballrooms? I've seen pictures of the smaller one with the purple walls and I really don't like the decor. Plus it looks a little too small for 45 guests. I know there are multiple wedding per day, so I'm afraid I won't be able to get the ballroom that I want. Any help is appreciated! thanks!



                #278 elizabethrodriguez314

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                  Posted 10 September 2010 - 06:26 AM

                  hello Allie,

                  you do not get to pick the rooms which i know i was freaking out about that..... but they will tell you when u arrive what rooom you will have. i dont like that room with the purple walls but i asked if i can take down those picture frames..... and also that room can fit up to 65 people send me your email i will send you pictures=)  

                   

                  Originally Posted by Alliecat023 

                  Does anyone know if you get to choose between the two ballrooms? I've seen pictures of the smaller one with the purple walls and I really don't like the decor. Plus it looks a little too small for 45 guests. I know there are multiple wedding per day, so I'm afraid I won't be able to get the ballroom that I want. Any help is appreciated! thanks!





                  #279 Alliecat023

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                    Posted 10 September 2010 - 06:38 AM

                    Oh man, that stinks! Did they say you could take down the pictures? Those are what bother me the most. And I'm sure you can fit a lot of people in that room, but I saw pictures of a wedding with 45 people and there was VERY little room for dancing. Cant wait to see the pictures, thanks again! =)

                     

                    Originally Posted by elizabethrodriguez314 

                    hello Allie,

                    you do not get to pick the rooms which i know i was freaking out about that..... but they will tell you when u arrive what rooom you will have. i dont like that room with the purple walls but i asked if i can take down those picture frames..... and also that room can fit up to 65 people send me your email i will send you pictures=)  

                     


                     




                    #280 cindyklassen123

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                      Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:41 AM

                      March. 31st, 2011. but we're going to be there from March 25th-April.3rd.






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